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[Annelida] Finding the taxonomy

Geoff Read via annelida%40net.bio.net (by Geoffrey.Read from niwa.co.nz)
Wed Jun 20 19:09:30 EST 2012


Dear all,

It is a little quiet on the list at the moment so here is something different to think about (it came up on Taxacom).  The bacteriologists have just started a pop-up system of providing instant background taxonomy in their papers in their taxonomy journal (there is only this one journal that they use, the International Journal Of Systematic And Evolutionary Microbiology - http://ijs.sgmjournals.org/ ).

Click on any of the names highlighted in green in this abstract:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1099/ijs.0.033001-0

One can imagine how this display concept would help people understand biology and not waste time if there was a service to journals providing the instant pop-up information for all biota names going way back. What is in the aggregator databases at the moment is a long way short of what the bacteriologists can do. The size of the problem in zoology is probably 100 x that in bacteriology, the nomenclature far less well organised and settled, but there's been some short-sighted early development of these aggregators in tracking only very basic information without the literature links. It all has to be done again!  (WoRMS Polychaeta section has made some progress with linking this information - but has a long way to go yet.)

The pop-up bacterial system is patented (https://services.namesforlife.com/about ) and can be part of a subscription service.  Not what  zoologists would like I believe, but someone has to pay for the mark up and the running of the database.

Another system is the ZooKeys and species-id.net linkage for current publications with full mark-up built in.  Nice, but early days yet there and it displays only what structure is put into the paper.

Geoff




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